The 15 US cities where it's easiest to live without a car

To get around in most American cities, you need a car.

But some metros are making their streets more walkable and creating easier ways for residents to bike or take public transit instead of driving. For example, the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood recently transformed itself into a walkable district — complete with cafes, art galleries, and restaurants — by adding car-free zones. Last year, Boston announced a plan to become the most walkable city in the US by 2030 by making sure every home is within a 10-minute walk of a subway station or bus stop.

Walk Score, a company that analyzes car-free efforts in urban areas, recently released its annual ranking of walkable US cities. The list compares metros with populations that range from 200,000 to 10 million, and measures how easily residents can accomplish errands on foot, by bike, or using public transit.

While it's still difficult to live in most American cities without a vehicle, Walk Score's metric clarifies which places may be the least car-dependent.

The top 15 cities are below:

The top US cities where it's easiest to live without a car
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The top US cities where it's easiest to live without a car

15. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis' most walkable neighborhoods, according to the Walk Score analysis, are Lyn LakeUptown, and Lowry Hill East 

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14. Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore's most walkable neighborhoods: Mount VernonDowntown, and University of MD at Baltimore 

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13. Hialeah, Florida

Hialeah's most walkable neighborhoods: Trojan ParkSeminola City, and Palmetto I-75 Industrial Center 

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12. Long Beach, California

Long Beach's most walkable neighborhoods: DowntownSaint Mary, and Franklin School 

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11. Oakland, California

Oakland's most walkable neighborhoods: DowntownKoreatown-Northgate,and Temescal

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10. Seattle, Washington

Seattle's most walkable neighborhoods: DowntownPioneer Square, and First Hill 

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9. Washington, DC

Washington, DC's most walkable neighborhoods: Dupont CircleU-Street, and Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown 

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8. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago's most walkable neighborhoods: Near North SideWest Loop, and East Ukrainian Village 

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7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia's most walkable neighborhoods: Center City WestAvenue of the Arts South, and Rittenhouse Square 

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6. Miami, Florida

Miami's most walkable neighborhoods: DowntownWynwood-Edgewater,and Little Havana 

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5. Newark, New Jersey

Newark's most walkable neighborhoods: Newark Central Business DistrictNorth Ironbound, and University Heights 

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4. Boston, Massachusetts

Boston's most walkable neighborhoods: Chinatown - Leather DistrictNorth End,and Bay Village 

3. San Francisco, California

San Francisco's most walkable neighborhoods: ChinatownDowntown-Union Square, and Lower Nob Hill

2. Jersey City, New Jersey

Jersey City's most walkable neighborhoods: Historic DowntownJournal Square, and McGinley Square 

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1. New York, New York

Unsurprisingly, New York is the most walkable and public-transit-friendly city in the US.

The New York metro area has miles of bike lanes and a robust mass transportation system, including subways, buses, bike shares, and rail lines like Metro-North and the Long Island Railroad.

Many residents of Manhattan and Brooklyn are less than a 15-minute walk from a bus or subway stop. The most walkable neighborhoods are Union SquareBowery, and NoLita, according to Walk Score.

For that reason, many New Yorkers go their entire lives without buying a car.


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